Assess trends in poverty & inequality from 1992 to present, describe & assess institutions that make up Australian welfare state. This illustrates major structural & institutional developments in Australian welfare state & Australian economy & society over that same period. Marston at Uni of QLD, Bryson & McDonald at RMIT.
In 1992, Australian sociologist Lois Bryson published what proved to be an important book entitled Welfare and the State: Who benefits? The central feature of this text was an exploration of the actual, as opposed to assumed, nature of the redistribution of resources via the Australian welfare state. Following on from Bryson's work, The Australian Welfare State: Who benefits now? assesses trends in poverty and inequality in Australia from 1992 to the present and describes and evaluates the institutions that make up the Australian welfare state. Taking Bryson's initial analysis as the baseline, this title illustrates the major structural and institutional developments in the Australian welfare state, and in the Australian economy and society, over this same period. It analyses political and policy responses to poverty and inequality in Australia and assesses the extent and direction of redistribution in key areas of state activity. This text definitively outlines the links between Australians' conceptions about welfare and the redistributive outcomes of the welfare state, canvassing theoretical explanations about why many Australians develop and maintain misconceptions of the broad distributive mechanisms of the Australian welfare state and hold negative attitudes towards its social welfare element. Containing a number of pedagogical features including case studies, exercises, excerpts from Government agencies, and discussion questions, The Australian Welfare State is an indispensable resource for students undertaking studies in social policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives including sociology, public administration, economics and social work.
Greg Marston, Catherine McDonald with Lois Bryson Gregory Marston is a Professor for the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. Catherine McDonald is an Emeritus Professor for RMIT University. Lois Bryson is an Emeritus Professor for RMIT University.
Chapter 1 The contemporary Australian welfare state Chapter 2 Who benefits from health services and expenditure? Chapter 3 Who benefits from education services and expenditure? Chapter 4 The burdens and benefits of the Australian social security system Chapter 5 Who benefits from superannuation and other tax expenditures? Chapter 6 Who benefits from community serrvices? Chapter 7 Who benefits from the housing system? Chapter 8 The welfare state in the 21st century
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